NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries was rejected by a state appeals court on Tuesday, which said he had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban. The law, which would have prohibited those businesses from selling sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces (473 ml), "violated the state principle of separation of powers," the First Department of the state Supreme Court's Appellate Division said. The decision, upholding a lower court ruling in March that str
(Reuters) - Dozens of explosions rocked a propane tank servicing plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, late on Monday, injuring seven workers, at least three critically, and prompting the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said. No one outside the plant was hurt by the blasts, which began at about 10:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National Park Service workers were removing paint on Friday that had been splattered on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, closing the popular attraction until later in the day, a U.S. Park Police officer said. The officer said green paint had been tossed on the white marble statue of the 16th president that looks onto the National Mall, and that the memorial will reopen when it had been removed, likely later in the morning. Park Police detectives are investigating the incident, he said. (Reporting by Philip Barbara; Editing by Vicki Allen)
(Reuters) - A juror in the trial of George Zimmerman says the former neighborhood watch volunteer "got away with murder" when he was acquitted earlier this month in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN -- As train carriages are removed, police put the driver of a Spanish train under investigation on Thursday after at least 78 people died when it hit a sharp bend at speed and derailed near the northern city of Santiago de Compostela, in one of Europe's worst rail disasters. Dramatic video footage from a security camera outside the northwestern city showed the train, with 247 people on board, careering into a wall at the side of the track as carriages jack-knifed and the engine overturned. The Galicia government said the train had two drivers and one was in
WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice plans to ask a federal court to reinstate its authority over voting laws in Texas, part of a new Obama administration strategy to challenge state and local election laws it says discriminate by race, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. "Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v. Holder ...
ANAHEIM, Calif. — It wasn't a no-hitter, but it wasn't far off. Jered Weaver gave up two hits over eight shutout innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon at Angels Stadium. Weaver thoroughly baffled the Twins hitters all afternoon by effectively mixing up his pitches, not unlike how he pitched the last time he faced the Twins in Anaheim. On May 2 of last year, Weaver threw a no-hitter against the Twins. This one wasn't much different.
LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William and Kate have named their new-born baby boy George Alexander Louis, William's office said on Wednesday. The baby, third in line to the British throne, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, Kensington Palace said in a statement. George has been the name of six British kings. The last, George VI, was the father of Queen Elizabeth and reigned from 1936 to 1952.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate kept the world guessing about the name of their first child as they left hospital to start family life with the future king.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis began his first international trip Monday, flying toward the warm embrace of his home continent and saying aboard his plane that he's concerned about a generation of youth growing up jobless and isolated as the world economy sputters. The message is expected to resonate with the mammoth crowds expected to attend a papal Mass and other ceremonies this week on Rio's Copacabana beach.